Feel­ing the need

Townsville Bulletin - - Nurrse -

MERCEDES-Benz Aus­tralia boss Horst von San­den ad­mits the lack of a com­pact SUV could cost the brand its sta­tus as this coun­try’s lead­ing pres­tige car­maker. Von San­den con­ceded the point at the launch this week of the G-Class, an ex­pen­sive cult off-roader that has not been re­leased in Aus­tralia since the 1980s. Last month Audi out­sold Mercedes-Benz for the De­spite Audi hav­ing no com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle line- in a growth seg­ment. Benz’s com­pa­ra­ble GLK is made only in left hand drive. “ I have never made it a se­cret that I want the GLK here,” von San­den says. least three years to the next gen­er­a­tion model. “ It drives me crazy.” Asked if this omis­sion would con­tinue to cost the Tris­tar brand its place at the head of the pres­tige are very strict.”

They want the GLK here, but Mercedes-Benz Aus­tralia can’t get it

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